Day 4 and Concluding day 5
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Around 2 at noon we finally reached the biggest town of the route Udaipur after 7 hrs of butt burning ride and bearing never ending bumpy road.
Aman was dying to talk to his parents at home and wanted to convey his well being.Udaipur has BSNL network and Airtel,so he was able to talk back at home.
I also talked to Vaibhav(kurtrules),he assured us that bad road ends here and now on there is smooth ride till Rohtang.He was right,we left behind bumpy roads and riding on smooth roads once again barring some rough patches here and there.
Our initial plan was to make Khoksar our night halt suddenly we saw an PWD GH at Sissu and tried our luck and surprisingly allowed to stay in the GH.So instead of staying at Khoksar,we spend our night at Sissu 12 kms before Khoksar.Sissu being a smalltown has no big dhaba and we had search a lot and finally found a shop cum dhaba which was serving only Dal-Chawal.Navratras had already begun,so no meat eating for Aman but i ordered an omlette with Dal-Chawal.End of the day.Tomorrow,we will be crossing over Rohtang Top and reached as near to Delhi as we can.
Early morning,started our ascent towards fearful Rohtang but pleasantly surprised to see a dried up and empty top barring a 50 meters long Slush stretch.It was a cake walk.Rohatang was nowhere near to its monsoon avatar.Once we crossed the Rohatng and reached Manali,moblies came to life and started ringing.We knew that our facing the truth,it is the begining of end of ride and what remains is a plain boring ride back to home.
DAY4- Killad TO Sissu 28 Sep 2011
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Previous day was very very tiring but we were very content and elated after scaling Sach Pass and riding on the most difficult road i have ever seen.Riding from Kalaban till Killad was very slow,bumpy and tiring.Our back and Wrist had become very stiff and butts were literally burning.We were very tired so once settled in our bed,sleep took over and snoring was the only sound in that silent PWD Guest House.
We woke up at 6 am tried to start our vehicles.Aman’s Fazer threw some tantrums.Its battery was discharged due to cold,so we had to push start it.It came to life in a single push.
My scooter as usual made me breathless and i could only start it after 10 minutes of kickings.Care take of the GH made tea and we enjoyed our tea at the gate of GH talking to a visiting govt officer who was also staying in the same GH.
Around 7 am,we resumed our ride to face the bumpy roads again,towards Cherry.
Day3 Banjharoo to Killad contd………….
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I spent hardly 5 minutes at The Pass.Took some self shots and murmured a silent prayer.No soul was there at the temple.
Now descent towards Bagotu begins and i was relieved that no more steep ascent to torture my scooter.I kept the ignition on but did not engage clutch and slowly drove down towards Bagotu.But road at the other side of Sach Pass are bumpier than Satrundi side.Scooter was making irritating noise all thru bumpy ride.
Reached Bagotu in 40 minutes,there was only one lone dhaba which was only serving Kadhi Chawal and Tea.Kadhi Chawal was the forced choice but it was tasty.Kadhi chawal was followed by two cups of tea.There are few hutments of Police and PWD staff.After Bagotu no eating point till killad which is 35 kms from Bagotu.
After lunch at Bagotu,we moved ahead to face the another truth of Sach pass road.Lots of water torrents.
Day 2/3 Pathankot to Banjharoo and Killad
26-27 Sep Sep
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This is our second day and we woke UP quite late due to the cosy room at Walia resorts and tiring 15 hrs long ride previous day.
My scooters’s headlight were not working so first thing was to get the light fixed at Pathankot.We found a mechanic shop he somehow managed to fix the light problem of my scooter.One hours was consumed at mechanic shop.Mechenic was generous enough and offred us tea which we readily accepted. We resumed our ride to Chamba and at Banikhet junction took left turn for Chamba.We were looking for PWD office to get our stay permits at PWD GH at Bairagarh.
Mr Rajesh Gulati was in charge of GH stays and he offered us to stay at Bajharoo instead of Bairagarh.After our positive response,he issued us permits, we reached Banjharoo near Tissa.It was a very clean,cosy and spacious GH and well maintained.
At Bajharoo,when we were searching for GH,my scooters again threw some tantrums and stopped in the pitch dark road of Banjharoo.I had to roll down it and somehow reached GH and parked our vehicles.GH at Banjharoo did not have food facility so we had to go to Banjharoo town to have dinner.Both of us looking for Non veg food and had a real difficult time finding dhaba owner who prepared a chicken dishes on our demand.
There were few locals boys also having dinner in the dhaba and we struck a conversation.When i told them we are gong to Sach Pass,one of the boys told the story of two bikers.He was actually referring Yogesh and Varun Sach Pass ride.His name was Jitender.
Day 3 Bajharoo to Killad 27 Sep
This is the real day.The day,we will be scaling Mighty and fearful Sach Pass.But Scooter is still dead and no sign of any mechanic at Banjharoo.A local person helped us and arranged a mechanic to fix the scooter.He arrived around 9 am and we started our ride very late around 10 am. Reached Bairagarh and found an eatery.There will be no food for next 50 kilometers.Crossed Kalaban,were stopped at Satrundi police check post and also videographed by policemen there.From Satrundi,Sach pass is 11 kilometers,and ascent is very very steep.I had to drive in first gear,full throttle and most of the time half clutch too.Suddenly,fuel ran out and i had to refill from the reserve petrol i was carrying resulting in wastage of 15 minutes.
Meanwhile Aman moved ahead towards SACH PASS.I reached at Pass and was very surprised,no sign of Aman.I walked to Bogotu side of Pass and saw Aman riding down towards Bogotu.I waved my hand but in vain.I was alone at the Pass and took some self shots to document my presence at the mighty SACH PASS.
Very disappointing not to have my riding buddy at my side at the place we had come for.
Delhi-Pathankot 25 Sep 2011
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Urge to scale Sach Pass had crept into my mind long time ago.Numerous biking discussions with Vaibhav and clearly suggesting that Sach Pass is a different ball game altogether.Scaling Sach Pass is not a thing you randomly do.
So my preparation for this ride started and initially it was a solo mission but in the course of time Aman Pruthi came into the picture and joined me.
His butt were also itching badly for a long ride.Now we were two.Suddenly my old and trusty Bravo’s electricals failed and i had to beg before my brother to lend me his scooter.So instead of a Bajaj,i rode a honda to Sach Pass.
4 am ,I was waiting for Aman at Rohini outer ring road near his house.After sometime he came and and narrated how his bike was parked on side stand and while loading Saddle bags it toppled down and broke RVM and also caused damage to an adjacent parked car.
After discussing the ride plan we started our ride to face the truth.Destination was Pathankot for the first day.We reached Pathankot in 15 hrs due to my slow speed.Amit Dhull,the dear friend had already arranged a resort for our night stay and also sent his friend Depender to host us.We were overwhelmed by Amit and Depender’s gesture for making us feel special.Depender spent few hours with us and we discussed many things non stop.It was indeed a good day.After wishing us luck,Depender left for his home and we also hit the bed after a very spicy Kadahi Chicken.
सच का सामना(Face to face with truth)
Many bikers,travelers had been there before but everyone returned with aching body parts,broken bikes but it also inculcate maturity,toughness and made them self aware of their inner strength.Sach is like that.No doubt about this.Same thing happened to us.We also returned with bruised bikes and body but we became self aware of our strength,weakness after this ride.Sach taught us to remain firm,patient and friendly during whole ride.Two Underdogs,face to face with Truth.
सच का सामना करना कोई आसान काम नहीं?सच के वो एक सो सत्तर किलोमीटर के टेढ़े मेढे,टूटे हुए रास्ते तुम्हे अपने सच की पहचान कराते है पर एक बार सच का सामना कर लिया तो तुम सच्चे बाइकर बन कर ही निकलते हो
Sach pass is located in Chamba district HP and connects Chamba valley with Pangi valley.Sach Pass is a 4,420-metre-high (14,500 ft) mountain pass in Pir Panjal mountain range.The main city of Pangi valley is Killad and one can further proceed towards Keylong from Killad through a very narrow,unmattled and off road.But entire journey from Chamba-Sach Pass-Killad is very adventorous and beautiful and every biker must ride on this circuit for thrill.The real biking fun is guaranteed via Sach Pass ride.